Insult comic Ann Coulter put Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on her team of "stunning Republican talent" during an interview with ABC News. Coulter really wants New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president. But she's excited by a GOP "farm team" that includes the immigration-fixated Kobach.
But do you know who doesn't think Kobach is so swell? People who can write about politics without mentioning prison rape.
Washington Post writer E.J. Dionne included Kansas in a list of states that are trying to rig future elections. Laws passed in the name of addressing the nonexistent problem of voter fraud, Dionne writes, have no other purpose than to suppress the vote of groups that tend to favor Democrats.
A party wins an election, as the GOP did in 2010. Then it changes the election laws in ways that benefit itself. In a democracy, the electorate is supposed to pick the politicians. With these laws, politicians are shaping their electorates.Kobach ran for office promising to crack down on what he called the "very real problem" of voter fraud. He cheered when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback singed into law a bill that requires ID at the polls and asks new residents to authenticate their U.S. citizenship. So take that, undocumented worker from Jalisco who thought he was going to mess with the results of the House District No. 49 race in 2012!
H/t: WE Blog